Happy New Year!
A couple of months ago, Sergeant Danny Nightingale was released after nearly 110,000 38 Degrees members signed a petition calling for his release. Between us, we also raised more than £40,000 to help Danny cover the legal costs of winning his freedom.
Danny wanted to say thank you for the support and incredible generosity 38 Degrees members showed him – so he’s asked the office team to share this note with you:
Words can’t properly express how much your help has meant to me over the last couple of months. We’ve never met before – but a few weeks ago thousands of you stood up and did everything you could to help me in my hour of need. You gave your time, your support and your money, and you’ve helped change my life. I can never say it enough – from myself, my wife Sally, and our little girls Alys and Mara: thank you.
I knew while I was in jail that there was some support “out there” but I had no idea just how many of you were standing behind me. So when I sat there in court and heard my lawyers telling everyone there was a 38 Degrees petition supporting me with over 109,000 signatures – well, it was just incredible.
Your petition was vital in showing that there was no public interest in keeping me behind bars – it played a crucial role in getting my appeal brought forward. Without your help, I wouldn’t have been at home to spend Christmas with my family.
A few days ago, I received the money you donated to help pay for my legal costs. Whether you gave £1 or £100, your generosity has been truly humbling. Winning my freedom came at a cost that placed a huge burden on me and my family – and the £40,000 you raised for us has lifted a massive weight of our shoulders.
To all of you, thank you so very much for everything you’ve done for me and my family.
Take care and Happy New Year
The petition that helped get Danny freed was started by 38 Degrees member Pat Johnson on the new ‘Campaigns by You’ part of the 38 Degrees site. ‘Campaigns by You’ lets anyone set up and run their own campaigns on any issue they want – big or small, local or national. Click here to find out more or start a petition: http://you.38degrees.org.uk